WHAT SHOULD A CHILD AGED 7 TO 8 YEARS BE ABLE TO DO?
Does your 7 to 8 year old’s handwriting look like this sample?
By Year 3, this is what teachers are expecting to see in 7 to 8 year old handwriting… words that have clear distinction between whether they sit above or below the line.
At this age, handwriting is all about letter size!
Between the age of 7 and 8 years, a child should be fine tuning their handwriting skills.
One key area to improve is letter legibility and this can be achieved by concentrating on letter size. By teaching them about how letters need to sit clearly on the line and have letters strokes that go above or below a line will help.
This is what they should be doing by now
What happens in school at this age?
At school, your child will be learning about a variety of science, history, and geography topics. Topics include forces, magnets and electricity, Tudors and the Tudor life, Ancient Egyptians, Stone/Bronze/Iron Ages, and explorers. In geography, they will be learning about rainforests, Artic/Antarctic and hearing about countries across the world that are different from the UK.
During this time your child’s stories will be expected to have more descriptive elements. They should be creating settings, characters, and plots. A child should still be evaluating their own work including their handwriting and they are expected to be using punctuation with limited prompting.
In school, 7 to 8 year old handwriting practice will ONLY be 30 minutes a week 🙁
In Year 3, handwriting practice is often once a week lasting for a maximum of 30 minutes. This is a dramatic drop from the previous school year. It reduces your child’s opportunity to spend time mastering essential handwriting skills. They will benefit from extra time at home to tweak and improve their handwriting abilities.